Anyone with a history of drugs or alcohol abuse and addiction knows that getting completely sober is very tough. You need to work for it and you’re always a recovering alcoholic or a drug addict; never a complete recovered individual. Staying sober is very tough, harder than getting sober. And that is exactly why you need a relapse prevention plan.
Relapsing and beginning to substance abuse again doesn’t occur in the spur of a moment. It is usually a three-step process that includes:
- Emotional relapse
- Mental relapse
- Physical relapse
When you have a proper relapse prevention plan on the back-end, you will be able to avoid acting in a certain way or experience certain feelings and in turn avoid the final step of a physical relapse which is the ultimate step when an alcohol abuser drinks again or an addict does drugs again.
A relapse prevention plan is your own specific planning to help you recover from an episode if you fall back to your behaviors of abusing any substance that you were addicted to earlier. In simple words, a relapse prevention plan would help you prevent yourself from a relapse after a period of staying clean. Your relapse prevention plan would include a detailed plan that will list the changes you will make to your lifestyle to repair the damage that has occurred by your episode of falling back to substance abuse after abstaining for a certain time period.
Remember that you have to work for your recovery. The more efforts you put into it, the better it will be for your life and those associated with you. You need to have your relapse prevention plan ready to ensure the damage is minimum and the relapse can be handled.
A simple and very basic relapse plan will include details about anything that triggers you to begin abusing the substance again and how you can best manage the cravings you get with those triggers. If you want to write a detailed relapse prevention plan, you will want to include details of how you want to improve everything else in your life.
When working on your relapse prevention plan, just bear in mind that you aren’t pressurized by anything at all. You don’t have a time limit and all you need to do is design a plan that fits your needs best. You just need to stay on track and focus everything on your recovery while you write your plan.